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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed, Third Edition by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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The .NET Core Framework and Execution Environment

Microsoft continues to evolve the .NET Framework; in doing so, it is now tackling the significant issue of the full framework being required (and installed machine wide) to get your applications to run properly. This has presented many problems over the years. For one, to take advantage of a new framework’s features, you needed to upgrade the entire machine and thus anything else on that machine that relied on the .NET Framework. You also did not have a choice in the amount of the framework you wanted to use; instead, it was all or nothing. This added unnecessary overhead (and sometimes performance hits) to your application. With the latest version, the .NET Framework has answers for these dilemmas. ...

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